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Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tx.) is under fire for posting the names of President Donald Trump’s donors on Twitter.
Castro, who is the brother of presidential candidate Julián Castro, used his Twitter account to publish the names of 44 Texas residents–and their businesses–who donated $2,700 or more to the Trump reelection campaign, according to the Hill.
“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders’,” Castro tweeted, along with the list of names. Many, including Castro, have blamed the Trump’s rhetoric on immigration for the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which has claimed the lives of 22 people.
Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc.— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
Castro later defended his decision to post the list.
“The graphic didn’t contain “private or personal info — no addresses or phone #, etc,” he wrote. “It’s publicly reported info printed in newspapers routinely from the @nyt to the @dcexaminer. You know that.”
First, the [email protected]’s graphic I shared doesn’t have private or personal info — no addresses or phone #, etc. It’s publicly reported info printed in newspapers routinely from the @nyt to the @dcexaminer. You know that. 1/ https://t.co/t6cdNckM1a— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
The backlash to Castro’s initial tweet was immediate. Some are calling on Twitter to take action against Castro, claiming that he violated the platform’s private information policy, which prohibits doxing.
“It’s not just conservatives who know that what Joaquin Castro did is dangerous, but anyone who follows politics. It’s irresponsible and should be condemned,” Zach Parkinson tweeted.
Yes, @TwitterSupport knows that doxxing is against tos and results in your account being permanently suspended— Invincible Army ✝️ (@1ManPlusGod) August 6, 2019
People should not be personally targeted for their political views. Period. This isn’t a game. It’s dangerous, and lives are at stake. I know this firsthand. https://t.co/PbxUMIOhae— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 6, 2019
At the very least @Castro4Congress is inviting harassment of these private citizens. At worst, he’s encouraging violence.— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) August 6, 2019
Will media concerned about “rhetoric” care about this?
He’s listing people and their employers.
This is a target list. pic.twitter.com/5JnNe7RxYb
It's not just conservatives who know that what Joaquin Castro did is dangerous, but anyone who follows politics. It's irresponsible and should be condemned. pic.twitter.com/EIKzl1D84N— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) August 6, 2019
Yet, others are defending him and pointing out that the information is already public. Candidates are required to publicly publish the names of donors who contribute more than $200 or more in the Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, which is accessible online.
“It’s public records you dummies. Anyone can see it,” one user wrote.
Its public records you dummies. Anyone can see it. So it's not doxing.— Isisnicole (@IsisReba) August 6, 2019
Republicans who are faux outraged over Joaquin Castro tweeting a list of publicly available names of people who donated the federal maximum to Trump should remember that Senator Marsha Blackburn released an unredacted list of fetal tissue researchers including me and my family.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 6, 2019
Y’all are mad at Joaquin Castro but not mad at a stadium full of people saying “send her back” or “shithole countries” the double standard. Also activists use public records a bunch.— Nelini Stamp 🐺 (@NelStamp) August 6, 2019
Y’all are forgetting that political donations are legal and public record and if you cannot stand by your donations unequivocally then don’t donate to _____ candidate. That applies to ANYONE.— Francesca Malayeri (@franmalayeri) August 6, 2019
Stop trying to call Joaquin Castro a communist for something that’s completely legal.
From what I understand, Joaquin Castro didn't "doxx" anyone. Donors who give more than $200 are public record. He just broadcasted the public record. If you're upset about it, I'll let you in on something: That's guilt. That's your guilty conscience begging you to listen.— ZforZaraThustra (@ZForZaraThustra) August 6, 2019
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Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.